I got about 10% through War and Peace too, and decided it wasn’t worth my time. There are so many great books out there and I heard this was one of them, if you can stand the length. But if I wanted to read the shallow musings of some vapid nobility, I guess I’d pick up a tabloid and save myself a few weeks.
If anyone wants to really spend some time with a long book, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich was fascinating. It’s grim, as you can imagine, but thoughtful, engaging and relevant to many potential travel destinations.